The Underground Hip-Hop scene is laying in-wait for the new LP from a true master: DOOM (formerly MF Doom). His new album Born Like This., Lex Records March 24th, features contributions from two of Wu-Tang’s members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon as well as the beats of the late genius J Dilla. Thom Yorke recently remixed the sleazy single “Gazillion Ear” and a Jake One-produced “Ballskin” has been blogged about more lately than Kid Cudi’s retirement. The true surprise, at least here at Impossible City, is another collaborator featured on the record.
The lynchpin of the record’s musical arc is “Cellz”, which gets bombarded by desriptions of apocalyptic fury. On it, Impossible City Hall of Famer and late-great American poet Charles Bukowski–Women (1978), Ham On Rye (1982), Hollywood (1989), Pulp (1994)-reads from one of his best poems, “Dinosauria, We,” for almost two minutes while missiles fire and the Earth is laid to waste.
“Don’t freak with old Buke. Buke is nice. He’s as good as the rest of the rappers on there,” DOOM tells Rolling Stone. “He kind of sets the tone for the record, being that we’re living in what he was kind of describing. He might’ve been reaching for the worst description based on what he saw us heading to, but it happened and that made me go, ‘Wow, that’s ill. Kinda prophetic words.’ ”
Modeling his career after the Marvel comics arch-villain Doctor Doom, this metal mask-wearing fortysomething remains characteristically cryptic about future live dates. “I tell you one thing: when you come to a Doom show, come expecting to hear music, don’t come expecting to see. You never know who you might see. It has nothing to do with a visual thing. Use your mind and think. I might be there. Next time I do a show, I might tell everybody to close they eyes. Use your own mind’s eye. That’s better than a camera phone, know what I’m sayin’?’ ”
He says Michael Jackson — who just sold out 50 shows in the DOOM’s native U.K. — might be doing the same thing. “Word. That nigga was crazy as hell. How do you even know he’s still him? He might’ve been doing the technique.”
Previously in 2007 there was controversy surrounding the The Doom live experience. It appears that the highly regarded lyricist behind Madvillainy and The Mouse and the Mask allegedly sent an impostor to perform several of his dates in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Furious crowds booed and took their rage to the Internet, reporting that the impostor lip-synced to MF Doom’s songs. Self-proclaimed super-villain Doom posted no response to his fan’s rage until now, when he tells Rolling Stone that he couldn’t care less.
“Everything that we do is villain style,” DOOM says. “Everybody has the right to get it or not get it. Once I throw it out, it’s there for interpretation. It might’ve seemed like it didn’t go well, but how do we know that wasn’t just pre-orchestrated so that we’re talking about it now? I tell you one thing: People are asking more now for live shows and I’m charging more, so it must’ve worked somewhere.”
This “Mad-Villian” off the cuff wierdness is par for the course for the erratic artist, born Daniel Dumile. In the late ’80s, Dumile signed to Elektra with his sibling. But his brother was killed in a car accident, Elektra dropped him, and Dumile vanished.
In the late ’90s, a metal-faced rapper stormed onto the Underground Hip-Hop scene with his debut LP Operation: Doomsday. With the moniker MF Doom he went on to make more than a dozen LPs and two dozen EPs. His Born Like This. is highly anticipated hip-hop eclecticism; a follow-up to 2004’s widely lauded Madvillianywith producer Madlib and 2005’s The Mouse and the Mask with platinum producer Danger Mouse- of Gnarls Barkley fame. Those hits cracked the Billboard 200 — commercially and critically validating MF Doom’s brutal, funny, literate, street style.
It is Bukowski seemingly prophetic ending of “Dinosauria, We” that lays the foundation of the records message. That of the apocalypse and the possible cleansing effect of it.
“No doubt,” says DOOM. “If something ends, then something’s gonna start. So it’s like, what side are you on? Do you feel like your world is ending? Or do you feel like, ‘Wow, it seems like that’s ending and it’s the start of something new.’”
Born Like This. is about the next chapter, he says there are many more chapters to his musical books. “I got a hundred albums in me. I’m gonna rock this shit forever.”
Well, while he puts his vision to wax we can always just let our ears be some (Bar)Flys on the wall.
Album Art and Tracklist Below:
01. Supervillain Intro
02. Gazillion Ear
04. Yessir [ft. Raekwon]
06. Rap Ambush
09. Angelz [ft. Tony Starks]
10. Still Dope [ft. Empress Sharhh]
11. Microwave Mayo
12. More Rhymin’ [ft. Kurious]
13. That’s That
15. Bump’s Message
16. Thank Ya
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